Trust us, your friends will be asking “how did she do it?” until January 1.
Use Tomato Cages to Make Christmas Trees
Since these metal frames are intended to be outside, they’re ideal for creating outdoor decorations. Just snip three cages into different sizes for variation, wrap you garland around each, and add a bow on top. Suddenly your yard will be full of festive evergreens.
Make Angel Wings Out of Coffee Filters
The trick to making these wings look full and fabulous is stacking five filters on top of each other so you can fluff each individual layers separately.
Skip Stringing Lights On the Back of Your Christmas Tree
If your Christmas tree sits in a corner of your home, we’ve got good news: You don’t have to wrap your string of lights back there. Instead just hang ’em from left to right in the front (and make sure the corners are tucked far enough in the back that no one can see them). Then, you’ll have a fully lit tree — with half the cords.
Make Cookie Decorating Less Messy
While this holiday tradition is usually fun, it’s also a huge chore to clean up. So if you’re making Christmas cookies with little ones, use condiment containers for dispensing the icing. They’re easy to squeeze, and the tip is just the right size to keep things under control.
Use a Garment Bag to Corral Wrapping Paper
Instead of letting your rolls of paper take over your living room (like it usually does every December) use a garment bag to stash ’em away in the back of your closet when you’re done filling the space under your tree.
Make a Sparse Tree Look Fuller
Use an extra string of artificial pine garland and wrap it around your Christmas tree — it’ll blend seamlessly into the branches and conceal any bare spots that make your festive tree look lackluster.
Use Candy Canes for Card Holders
Here, edible candy holders inform guests of the other tasty foods they get to devour during the holiday party. We think these crafts would look just as precious holding place cards at the dining room table.
Use Pool Noodles to Make Rustic Logs
Sure, these foamy noodles are usually restricted to the summer time, but they take on a new life when covered in brown paper and paint.
Dispense Your Ribbon With Ease
You already know paper towel holders are super nifty around your entire house, but they’re even more helpful at the holidays. Just tug on the end of the pattern you want and decorate everything — from presents to wreaths — in a flash.
Double the Size of Your Garland
While this trick takes a little legwork, it looks so much more natural. Why? Because it involves doctoring your faux stuff real greenery from your yard. It’s best of both worlds, really — part free and authentic, and part reusable for next year.
Add Serious Height to Your Tree
This trick is as simple as placing a few paint cans (in this case four) under the trunk of your tree, then draping the skirt over it to conceal your hack. Ta-da!